Christmas Recipes

Candied Grapefruit Peel

Pretty glass jars packed with candied peel make wonderful Christmas gifts.

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  • Peels from 3 grapefruits, cut into large pieces
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup


  1. Place grapefruit peels in a saucepan and cover them water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to simmer. Cook for about 25 minutes or until the peels are soft.
  2. Drain the peels; remove bitter white pith with a paring knife, leaving just the skin.
  3. Slice the peel into thin strips.
  4. In a heavy saucepan, mix sugar, the 1 cup water and corn syrup; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, and add the strips of peel. Cook the strips until they become translucent, about 45 to 50 minutes, depending on their thickness.
  5. Remove the strips with a slotted spoon, and drain them.
  6. Sprinkle a thick layer of sugar onto a large plate.
  7. Spoon the peel strips onto the sugar, and toss them with a fork to coat them evenly.
  8. Transfer the strips to a large sheet of wax paper, and let them dry for about 1 to 2 hours.
  9. Store the peel, covered, at room temperature. It will keep at least 2 weeks.

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